Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Congress surges ahead of key rival BJP in Nanded municipal polls

Congress surges ahead of key rival BJP in Nanded municipal polls

The election was held on Wednesday and saw an aggressive campaign by both the BJP and the Shiv Sena.

As per the State Election Commission's directives, Ward No 02 of the Nanded Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC) was selected by draw for Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.

Another prominent contender, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), which was earlier leading in one seat, was overtaken by the Congress in this famed Sikh pilgrimage centre.

In a series of tweets posted after the result was announced, Shelar also took potshots at the BJP's bickering ally the Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena stood second with 14 seats while BJP managed to bag only two seats. Himali Kamble of the BJP defeated Nationalist Congress Party's Dhananjay Gaikwad.

The area is state party chief Ashok Chavan's stronghold, and over 60% turnout was observed on Wednesday.

Nanded is the home turf of former Marharashtra chief minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan who represents the constituency in Lok Sabha. While the Congress was fighting to retain the seat, the Shiv Sena and BJP were trying to dethroning it.

Congress that is now ruling the civic body is seeking to retain it while the BJP, that has been thumping all other parties in most local body polls is seeking to seize power in Nanded.

Both the Congress and the BJP had made it a battle of prestige to wrest control of the civic body in the historical town renowned for the Hazoor Sahib Gurudwara, one of the five holy Sikh Takhts and the resting place of Guru Gobind Singh. The AIMIM, which contested the 2012 Nanded Maha Nagar Palika election for the first time, had won 11 seats. The BJP that has been riding high on poll success is sure to recreate the magic in Nanded while the Congress is keen on protecting its bastion.

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